Vernors ginger ale, originally formulated by Detroit area pharmacist James Vernor, is one of the oldest American soft drinks. Vernors ginger ale is still one of the most popular ginger ales in the country. However, the majority of its sales remain in Michigan. The success of the Vernors brand lies in the propriety blend of 19 ingredients that make up the ginger ale syrup. While the precise formula remains a company secret, some ingredients are known.
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Natural and Artificial Flavors
Vernors ginger ale contains both natural and artificial flavoring. The primary flavor profile comes from ginger root, which tends to impart a citrus flavor when added to carbonated sodas. Additionally, Vernors ginger ale is flavored with vanilla bean extract, which adds to the aromatic character of the soda.
High Fructose Corn Syrup
Vernors ginger ale is sweetened with high fructose corn syrup, which is why a 12-oz. serving contains 150 calories. Excessive consumption of food products containing high fructose corn syrup has been associated with weight gain, cavities and increased triglyceride levels, which can add to the risk of a heart attack, according to the Mayo Clinic.
Vernors ginger ale also contains citric acid, which creates a tangy bitterness. In addition to its role in the overall flavor, citric acid acts as a natural preservative.
The primary ingredient in Vernors ginger ale by volume is carbonated water. Like all sodas, carbonated water adds a bubbly texture this classic beverage.